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The Ugly Duckling – El patito feo

15 08 2010

The Ugly Duckling – El patito feo

Once upon a time . . . down on an old farm, lived a duck family, and Mother Duck had been sitting on a clutch of new eggs. One nice morning, the eggs hatched and out popped six chirpy ducklings. But one egg was bigger than the rest, and it didn’t hatch. Mother Duck couldn’t recall laying that seventh egg. How did it get there? TOCK! TOCK! The little prisoner was pecking inside his shell.

“Did I count the eggs wrongly?” Mother Duck wondered. But before she had time to think about it, the last egg finally hatched. A strange looking duckling with grey feathers that should have been yellow gazed at a worried mother. The ducklings grew quickly, but Mother Duck had a secret worry.

“I can’t understand how this ugly duckling can be one of mine!” she said to herself, shaking her head as she looked at her lastborn. Well, the grey duckling certainly wasn’t pretty, and since he ate far more than his brothers, he was outgrowing them. As the days went by, the poor ugly duckling became more and more unhappy. His brothers didn’t want to play with him, he was so clumsy, and all the farmyard folks simply laughed at him. He felt sad and lonely, while Mother Duck did her best to console him.

“Poor little ugly duckling!” she would say. “Why are you so different from the others?” And the ugly duckling felt worse than ever. He secretly wept at night. He felt nobody wanted him.

“Nobody loves me, they all tease me! Why am I different from my brothers?”

Then one day, at sunrise, he ran away from the farmyard. He stopped at a pond and began to question all the other birds. “Do you know of any ducklings with grey feathers like mine?” But everyone shook their heads in scorn.

“We don’t know anyone as ugly as you.” The ugly duckling did not lose heart, however, and kept on making enquiries. He went to another pond, where a pair of large geese gave him the same answer to his question. What’s more, they warned him: “Don’t stay here! Go away! It’s dangerous. There are men with guns around here!” The duckling was sorry he had ever left the farmyard.

Then one day, his travels took him near an old countrywoman’s cottage. Thinking he was a stray goose, she caught him.

“I’ll put this in a hutch. I hope it’s a female and lays plenty of eggs!” said the old woman, whose eyesight was poor. But the ugly duckling laid not a single egg. The hen kept frightening him:

“Just wait! If you don’t lay eggs, the old woman will wring your neck and pop you into the pot!” And the cat chipped in: “Hee! Hee! I hope the woman cooks you, then I can gnaw at your bones!” The poor ugly duckling was so scared that he lost his appetite, though the old woman kept stuffing him with food and grumbling: “If you won’t lay eggs, at least hurry up and get plump!”

“Oh, dear me!” moaned the now terrified duckling. “I’ll die of fright first! And I did so hope someone would love me!”

Then one night, finding the hutch door ajar, he escaped. Once again he was all alone. He fled as far away as he could, and at dawn, he found himself in a thick bed of reeds. “If nobody wants me, I’ll hid here forever.” There was plenty a food, and the duckling began to feel a little happier, though he was lonely. One day at sunrise, he saw a flight of beautiful birds wing overhead. White, with long slender necks, yellow beaks and large wings, they were migrating south.

“If only I could look like them, just for a day!” said the duckling, admiringly. Winter came and the water in the reed bed froze. The poor duckling left home to seek food in the snow. He dropped exhausted to the ground, but a farmer found him and put him in his big jacket pocket.

“I’ll take him home to my children. They’ll look after him. Poor thing, he’s frozen!” The duckling was showered with kindly care at the farmer’s house. In this way, the ugly duckling was able to survive the bitterly cold winter.

However, by springtime, he had grown so big that the farmer decided: “I’ll set him free by the pond!” That was when the duckling saw himself mirrored in the water.

“Goodness! How I’ve changed! I hardly recognize myself!” The flight of swans winged north again and glided on to the pond. When the duckling saw them, he realized he was one of their kind, and soon made friends.

“We’re swans like you!” they said, warmly. “Where have you been hiding?”

“It’s a long story,” replied the young swan, still astounded. Now, he swam majestically with his fellow swans. One day, he heard children on the river bank exclaim: “Look at that young swan! He’s the finest of them all!”

And he almost burst with happiness.





Pensar en inglés

18 06 2010

Una buena practica para este metodo que estoy practicando es pensar en Ingles, si una palabra no la se.. la busco, todo hacerlo en los dos idiomas, ver las pelis de la tele en Ingles, soñar en Ingles… vamos pensar en Ingles.





Beautiful songs

15 06 2010

Hello I am qiqe

My work is related to computers, software and Internet, currently studying and reviewing my English and I created the site to remember my daily progress and also learn management wordpress.

Feel – Robbie Williams
The Reason – Hoobastank




Cinderella – La cenicienta

13 06 2010

Un cuento facilito y un sitio web para pasarse un buen rato repasando gramatica y vocabulario. Importante Leer en voz alta para oirse..

Ya empiezo a soñar en inglés, es buen síntoma

I’m beginning to dream in English, a good sign

Cinderella lived in a small village in the north of England. She had two sisters; they were very ugly. She got up every morning at six o’clock, then she made breakfast for her sisters, and afterwards she cleaned the house. She worked all day. Her two ugly sisters were very lazy; they never did any work because Cinderella did everything. Cinderella was very unhappy.

One day, the postman came to the house. He gave Cinderella’s sister an envelope . In the envelope there were three invitations to a party at the Prince’s house. She said to her sisters, “Fantastic! There is a party at the Prince’s house. I can wear my new red dress and Esmerelda can wear her new blue dress, but Cinderella can’t go because her dress is old and dirty and she hasn’t got any shoes.”

On Saturday at 8 o’clock, the ugly sisters went to the party. Cinderella sat in the kitchen. She was very sad. There was a ring at the door. Cinderella opened the door. There was a woman. She said, “Hello! I am your Fairy Godmother. Why are you sad?” Cinderella said, “I want to go to the party but I haven’t got any beautiful clothes.” The Fairy Godmother said, “No problem, here is a new dress and some glass shoes. There is a golden bicycle in the street. Now you can go to the party, but you must return before 12 o’clock.” Cinderella said, “Thank you.” She put on the glass shoes and the red dress. She looked very pretty. Then she went to the party by bicycle.

The party was very good. At first, Cinderella was very shy but after an hour, the Prince asked Cinderella to dance. They danced for a long time. The Prince said to Cinderella, “I like your dress and you are very pretty.” Cinderella was very happy. She forgot what time it was. Suddenly the clock rang. Cinderella said, “Oh no! I must go. It is 12 o’clock.” She ran home, at the door of the Prince’s house she lost her shoe.

The next day, the Prince was very sad because he was in love with Cinderella but he didn’t know where she lived. He went to all the houses in the village and said, “Do you know whose shoe this is?” Finally, he went to Cinderella’s house. Cinderella opened the door. The Prince said, “I love you. Do you want to marry me?” Cinderella said, “Yes.” The wedding was the week after. Cinderella and the Prince were never unhappy again.

THE END

Can you answer these questions?

Where did she live?

When did she get up?

How did she go to the party?

Why was the prince sad?

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